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Recap: Mad Men, Episode 5.13, “The Phantom”

Previously on “Mad Men”: Like, the bleakest two weeks of television I can remember seeing. SCDP is down one partner, but up another, and Peggy has decided that she has to go her own way which is not part of the depressing bit, and Pete previously had an affair with his train buddy’s wife. Also, […]

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Recap: Mad Men, Episode 5.12, “Commissions and Fees”

Previously: Joan becomes a partner in the worst way possible, Lane has money problems and forges a check, Don is told his letter poisoned numerous companies against him, Megan and Sally are friendly with each other in front of Betty, and the firm got Jaguar which left a sour taste in Don’s mouth. (Editorial Note: […]

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Recap: Mad Men, Episode 5.11, “The Other Woman”

Back when Lane beat up Pete, he prefaced said ass-beating by calling Pete a slimey little pimp. Tonight, we get to watch Pete live up to that name in the most abhorrent fashion imaginable.

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Recap: Mad Men 5.10 “Christmas Waltz”

Previously: Edwin Baker of Jaguar approached Lane, Megan confessed never trying at acting the way she tried at advertising, Lane and wife discuss paying for their son’s enrollment at boarding school, Greg gives Joan an ultimatum and Joan says, “That’s it,” and Lane tells Pete that he’s cost the firm the Jaguar account.

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Recap: Mad Men, 5.09, “Dark Shadows”

Previouslies: Jane and Roger are leaving each other thanks to LSD-induced honesty about their relationship, Betty and Don had a serious conversation about Don’s previous wife in a previous season, Roger bribed Peggy to work up a whole campaign over a weekend, Betty’s gaining weight, and Pete screwed his buddy’s totally crazy wife.

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Recap: Mad Men 5.08, “Lady Lazarus”

Previously on “Mad Men”: Megan nailed a big pitch for Heinz and seemed remarkably subdued about her success, Pete declared that he had nothing, and (not shown, but worth mentioning) Megan’s father gave her a pretty rough time for giving up on her acting dreams.

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Recap: Mad Men, Episode 5.07, “At the Codfish Ball”

Previously on Mad Men: The Heinz account suffered because the executive hated all Peggy’s pitches, Peggy pulled the nuclear option on Abe in a minor tiff, Sally’s friends with bathroom-intruding Glen, and Don wrote an awesome letter on why he hates tobacco even though he’s still smoking. Onward!

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Recap: “Mad Men” Episode 5.06, “Far Away Places”

This week on Mad Men: The show does half my work for me by splitting into three distinct story lines encompassing the same span of time. The title is “Far Away Places” and Peggy, Roger, and Don all have experiences that take them deep into unfamiliar and unsettling territory. Exciting!

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Recap: Mad Men, Episode 5.05, “Signal 30”

Tonight’s episode title, “Signal 30,” refers to the graphic car crash video that opens the episode. Pete’s in driving school watching it and this episode is all about the car crash that is Pete, and a little bit about the fender bender that is Lane. We also learn that Ken Cosgrove is far more mentally […]

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Recap: Mad Men, Episode 5.03, “Tea Leaves”

Last week on the season premiere: the more things changed, the more they stayed the same.